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Old 07-07-2008, 10:35 PM
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$ of fertilizer has me reconsidering next year

during the past week i have expeirenced 2 price increases from lesco.

june 30 24-0-11 17.30
july 3 24.20
today 27.40

if this keeps up im seriously thinkin about passin on the fert and pickin up 50 more lawns.

anyone else startin to feel this way? tony
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Old 07-07-2008, 10:45 PM
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I feel the opposite. Yes prices are rediculous, but my applications are very profitable, especially compared to lawn mowing. Prices need to be passed on. Customers who want something better than TGCL will be stuck paying the increased cost. The only way to honor contract prices and not take a hit on increases is to purchase your product at the beginning of the year. Otherwise you are stuck with the increase or have to tell the customer mid season that they will have to pay more.
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Old 07-08-2008, 08:45 PM
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Have you noticed the coincidence, of the price increases happening about the same time that the John Deere name is being implimented.

Hmmm, John Deere...... price increases......hmmm.
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Old 07-08-2008, 08:49 PM
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sorry shovel racer try telling your customers that there $ 700.00 program is now gonna cost $1100.00, i think they be going to TGCL. i raised prices 20% from lastyear and that was the end of the world.
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Old 07-08-2008, 10:58 PM
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Try something different, think out of the box

JD is always going to make a profit off of your purchases, always

Less inputs
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Old 07-08-2008, 11:13 PM
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fert prices

You need to understand that the price increases are driven by global market forces. It has nothing to do with John Deere.

Raw materials are up because of the increased world wide demand from China, India, Brazil, etc. for synthetic fert. Most of the raw materials are imported to the US from 3rd world countries.

Bill is right, think outside the box. There are other options to succeed in the lawn care business.
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Old 07-08-2008, 11:13 PM
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sorry shovel racer try telling your customers that there $ 700.00 program is now gonna cost $1100.00, i think they be going to TGCL.
I think we'll find that a lot of folks will just quit having a service when we jab them that hard...
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Old 07-08-2008, 11:14 PM
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You need to understand that the price increases are driven by global market forces. It has nothing to do with John Deere.

Raw materials are up because of the increased world wide demand from China, India, Brazil, etc. for synthetic fert. Most of the raw materials are imported to the US from 3rd world countries.
Yet there are cheaper places to get fert. Hmmm....
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Old 07-08-2008, 11:30 PM
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No there are ways to use less fert. HMMMM
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Old 07-08-2008, 11:32 PM
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Yet there are cheaper places to get fert. Hmmm....
Go somewhere else. You are getting screwed. My prices are only up 12% since last year.
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